Welcome To Our Parish

Welcome to St. Gabriel Parish!

Office Hours are:  Monday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. & Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

If you would like to join the Parish, please call 722-4914 or stop by the Parish Office.  We will setup a time that fits your schedule!

We hope that you find St. Gabriel to be a wonderful spiritual home, a place where you will know that you are an important part of a great parish family, and a setting where you can use your gifts and talents to proclaim the reign of God in our faith community and throughout the world.

As you browse through our website we hope that you will find interesting opportunities to get involved in the life of the parish.  Is there an area or outreach in which you feel called to serve?  Is there any way that we can be of help and support to you?  Please consider this your personal invitation to become a full, active participant of St. Gabriel Parish. 

For you, we hope that this will be the beginning of a long, happy relationship with the parish of St. Gabriel.  We are here for you, to pray with you, to support you, to work with you in whatever way you need.  Best wishes and God’s blessings to you and all in your household of faith.

For further information contact us at stgabriel@smcatholicschools.org

Fr. Larry Seidl and the Parishioners of St. Gabriel

 

Current Pastoral Staff

Rev. Larry J. Seidl was appointed pastor by Bishop Ricken on July 1, 2011.  He was born in Kewaunee, WI, and was ordained on June 22, 1975.  Some of his assignments included Lourdes High School in Oshkosh and pastorates at St. Mary in Oshkosh, St. Luke and St. Mark in Two Rivers and St. Matthew in Green Bay before coming to St. Gabriel on July 1,2011.

Steve Pable has served at St. Gabriel since 2004, first as Director of the Christian Formation Center (CFC) and now as Pastoral Associate.  Originally from Lomira, his high school years were spent at St. Lawrence Seminary in Mount Calvary, WI.  Steve studied history, social studies and education at St. Norbert College, and earned an MA in Theology from the University of Notre Dame.  He is blessed beyond measure by his wife and four children.

Regina R. Reale relocated from New Jersey, where she was born, to Neenah in September, 2016 after more than 21 years serving as a director of music and liturgy and as a pastoral associate in several parishes along the East Coast.  Her experience in church ministry and in the corporate and legal professions is varied.  She brings with her the Benedictine charism of hospitality as she ministers as Director of Worship and Music with our parish family here at St. Gabriel’s.  

 

The History of Saint Gabriel Parish....

Became a reality when Bishop Stanislaus V. Bona appointed Fr. Lawrence Stingle as founding Pastor. The letter, dated June 18, 1959, transferred him from Holy Family, Elcho.

The first masses were prayed in the basement of St. Margaret Mary Church. At the first parish meeting on July 6, 1959, Don Hassler and Paul Peeters were elected trustees and the building committee was formed.

On Easter Sunday, April 17, 1960, less than a year after the Bishop's letter, Fr. Stingle broke ground for the Church School combination. A report, dated 12 October, 1960, listed the entire cost at $839,580.53. Of that amount the neighboring parishes contributed $94,000 according to the custom of the time. Gifts and pledges amounted to another $260,580.53. The first mortgage was for $485,000 - at a time when the yearly collection was far less than $100,000. They could also say: Together We Build - Faith In Our Future.

Original Committee: Charles O'Meara, Bill Gehr, Dick Abb, Don Hassler, Paul Peeters, Lyle Jacob and George Sturm. The altar was consecrated on March 9, 1961, by Bishop John Grellinger, Auxiliary Bishop of the Green Bay Diocese. On the feast of St. Gabriel, March 24, Monsignor Joseph Glueckstein, pastor of the St. Margaret Mary Parish, prayed the first Mass. Later in the day, Fr. Stingle prayed a solemn high Mass in the new church. Dedication of the new church and school complex was held on September 17, 1961, with Bishop Bona presiding.

By that time the new school was already in operation. Sr. Donna Marie, with eight other Franciscan Sisters, provided the staff. Fr. Michael Clifford was the first Associate Pastor. Later associates included: Ronald Hopfensperger, Charles Brooks, Cyril Van Heeswyck, Michael O'Rourke, Michael Betley, T. Charles LaCombe, Ronald Lhotte, Timothy Tessier, and Robert Lexa.

Fr. Stingle retired in 1985 and Fr. Richard L. Allen was named the Pastor retiring in June of 2011.  Bishop David Ricken named Fr. Larry J. Seidl as the next Pastor of St. Gabriel.

 

TCCES development In 1989

In June, 1988, about the time when the original debt was retired, the parish voted to become part of the newly formed TCCES organization:  Twin City Catholic Education System.  The decision commits us as a parish to work actively with the neighboring parishes in matters of education. In 2002, when St. John closed its school and transferred its students to other parishes, they also joined TCCES.

In the Fall of 2002,  the five area parishes took a further step in the direction and scope of TCCES.  All five parishes chose to enter into a working agreement with each other and hired  Dr. Margie Weiss as the interim director.   The administration of all school, including three elementary, one middle and one high school are now under one administrative unit.  The salary schedule, benefit package, and subsidy formulas apply to all aspects of our program. 

Around the same time, the two priests at St. Mary Parish were transferred and not replaced.  The five parishes, now with four priests, have voluntarily formed a planning committee to search out methods of sharing our common resources and working more closely with one another. 

 

New Name, Same Mission

On July 1, 2015 TCCES changed names to become St. Mary Catholic Schools (SMCS).  The five united schools, including the brand new middle school on the high school campus, provide rigorous academics and faith development for our youth. St. Mary Catholic High School and St. Mary Catholic Middle School are now both located on Zephyr Drive in Neenah.  The three elementary schools, St. Gabriel, St. Margaret Mary, and St. Mary continue to provide excellent education in their current locations.

 

Building Additions

As parish activity increased, the St. Gabriel Community had outgrown its available space.  The parish made a bid in 1991 to enter a building mode but it did not prove workable.

At the meeting of the Parish Council on 24 September, 1996,  the motion was made to form a Building Committee.  Gary Elmer was appointed to chair the committee.  Others named were: Robert Pollen, Dick Simonis, Mary Stano, Gerry Van Handel, Larry Waitrovich, Mary Jo Widener, Bob Lehrer and Ray Dubois.  Again we said:  Together We Build - Faith In Our Future.

Mike Zweiger of the DLR firm (Dana Larson Roubal and Associates) was selected as the architect.  After meeting with over 100 parishioners, he developed the basic plan for the additions.   The major areas were (1) a new gym - the Allen Center; (2) a parish office complex; (3) the Keller Center for Early Childhood Development.

The Miron Construction company was hired to direct the building.  The firm of Kirby Smith Associates assisted with the fund raising.   Throughout the planning we were able to stay in the cost range of $1.700,000.  We received pledges of $1,275,000.  After consulting with our parishioners we contracted with the Catholic Knights of Wisconsin for the long term mortgage.

We entered Phase II of our building program as of November, 2001.  Part of the income will go towards the parish capital debt.  We hired Keller Construction Co to install a new roof over the Church and Stingle Hall area for approximately $200,000.   A car port was added, through the generosity of John and Ethel Keller.

This brief history is written when the parish is 43 years old.  The 550 families have mushroomed to more than 1600. 

Fr. Stingle and Fr. Allen are retired now, but they are still fondly remembered and respected.  Their leadership allowed the St. Gabriel community, like themselves, to grow in wisdom, age, and grace.

 

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